An exhibit opening next Friday at Arnica Artist Run Centre may be the most provocative the gallery has held to date.
It's called Fire Season and it explores, through art, the destructive and transformative powers of forest fires - something the Thompson-Nicola region knows all too well.
Artists Suze Woolf and Troy Nickle use scorched materials as components or subjects of their artwork. They incorporate photos of burnt forests, charred materials, direct casts and the technique of pyrography (art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks) to produce art that refers directly to the burned forest.
Both artists' work comments on the aftermath of fire, its destructive as well as its transformative power.
The exhibit is sure to be a conversation starter.
The show runs June 21 to Aug. 3 at Arnica's main gallery in the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 Seymour St. West.
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.